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Don't Think of a Clean River

Margie Alt | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

Americans care about our rivers, from the Hudson to the Mississippi to the Colorado. We fish in them, swim in them, paddle in them. They're where we take our kids to summer camp. They provide us with drinking water.

Agriculture Industry Fights For 'Right To Farm' In Midwest

AP | David A. Lieb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It coul...

Shop Local, Buy Local: Why Small Farming Is the Future of American Cannabis Policy

Amanda Reiman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Amanda Reiman

As regulations emerge around the production, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of cannabis in both medical and commercial environments, we are suddenly recognizing that these debates are not new, nor are they unique to the cannabis industry.

Stop Feeding the Beast and Start Feeding the People

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by Coach Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese-fl...

Front Groups: Big Food's Behind-The-Scenes Strategy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 04.21.2014 | Home
Andy Bellatti

What is a Big Food big-time player to do if they want to maintain an image of "being part of the solution" (especially in these times of high scrutiny from nutrition and public health advocates) while simultaneously battling public health interests that can hurt your bottom line? Easy: create -- and hide behind -- front groups.

Why We Hate 'Big Food' (And What Big Food Can Do About It)

Charlie Arnot | Posted 04.14.2014 | Home
Charlie Arnot

There's growing conviction that "Big Food" is out of touch with the values of consumers and likely to put profit ahead of public interest.

New Year's Resolutions For Big Food

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green

It was a big year for Big Food. More fast food chains pledged to stop using gestation crates. Country of origin rules -- mandating that meat suppliers...

Farm Bill Could Overturn States' Progress In Humane Agriculture

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states’ rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to fin...

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.

Organic Raisin Farmers Fight Back Against Big Ag, USDA

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market.

Why Every Parent Should Know About the Ag-Gag Bill and Animal Cruelty on Farms

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Learning about factory farming doesn't mean that you have to become a vegetarian, or raw foodist who survives on flax seeds. It's about finding a balance that works for you and your family.

'FRANKENFOODS': What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The sustainability of our planet, our health, and our food supply are inextricably linked. The ecology of eating -- the importance of what you put on your fork -- has never been more critical to our survival as a nation or as a species. The earth will survive our self-destruction, but we may not.

Occupy Your Table: Why I'm Staging A 'Fork In'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork. What we put on it has tremendous implications, not just for our waistlines but also for the planet and our global economy.

Cast Your Vote For Local Food

Carolyna De Laurentiis | Posted 03.26.2013 | Home
Carolyna De Laurentiis

From a small family farm being unable to afford the price tag of organic certification, to farmers lacking access to city markets, there is a long list of reasons why thousands of small-scale farms have difficulty bringing affordable, environmentally responsible goods to market.

Prop 37 Fails: Why We Can't Rely on Policy to Change Our Food System

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.08.2012 | Home
Kristin Wartman

The food movement learned a valuable lesson in the failure of Prop 37: We can't outspend Big Food and we can't out campaign them, but we can outsmart them. Let's not wait for government to cut ties with Big Food. Let's cut those ties ourselves

Governor Canoodling With Agribusiness? What You Can Do About It

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

If you ever thought that the farm bill was just about agricultural subsidies and food stamps, think again. Not only does the farm bill dictate what we eat -- it also establishes whom our nation's leaders are listening to on issues far beyond food.

Three Ideas for the Food Movement (Small, Medium and Large)

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Around the country, farming states are passing "ag-gag" laws that punish activists who record and share horrific scenes from inside confined feeding operations and slaughterhouses. The reason is clear: when people get a good look at these scenes, they don't like them.

Towards a More Energy Efficient Food System

Kyle Rabin | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Kyle Rabin

It's important to understand the many interconnections between the food and energy sectors in order to make good consumer choices and develop prudent public policy.

The FDA Fails the Public on Antibiotics Once Again

Andrew Gunther | Posted 03.10.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

While the FDA's decision to curb the use of cephalosporins in food animal production has been hailed as positive step, forgive me if you don't see me jumping for joy.

Big Ag Tries To Rebrand Itself

NYTimes.com | JULIA MOSKIN | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

Last week, a new public-relations campaign about agriculture got off to a splashy start. With full-page ads in newspapers and panel discussions live-s...

Is Big Agriculture Contributing to Antibiotics Resistance in Humans?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Does the agricultural use of antibiotics contribute to their diminishing effectiveness in people? The debate over Big Agriculture's use of antibiotics is becoming a culture war of facts.

USDA Officially Approves Genetifically Modified Alfalfa

Barry Estabrook at The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting...

Big Ag Attacks! Why Is The Government-Sponsoring Pesticide Propaganda?

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

he White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama's United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked ove...

All Eyes On Iowa: An Interview With Democratic Challenger for Secretary of Agriculture, Candidate Francis Thicke

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Ragogna

One of the most important races that you haven't heard about yet in this election cycle is currently unfolding in America's Heartland. Thicke is turning heads, shining a light on current unsustainable food-production practices and oversight.

The Real L Word

Elissa Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elissa Altman

I'm thinking about all the supermarket meats out there that are labelled "all-natural," and all the signs that say "Local!" but then don't tell you what is and what isn't, and that Local! can mean Argentina, relative to, say, Vietnam.